reply to post by Matrix Rising
Matrix, it is rare that you and I ever find ourselves in agreement. This happens to be one of those occasions.
But we should be very clear here, while the Palestinians have suffered under their leadership, that suffering is not the fault of their leadership
alone. Israel has blood on it's hands as well; their treatment of the Palestinians has been atrocious and deplorable. No cement to rebuild schools
and homes destroyed by Israelis? No school-books for children allowed through the blockade? The bulldozing of homes of those related to suicide
bombers or suspected terrorists? Each and every one of those ridiculous and despicable.
For those and many other reasons, it is understandable to be angry at Israel. Every moral and sane person should be.
However, every moral, sane and rational person should also understand the situation is far more complicated than the black-and-white morality it is
often portrayed in. It is not as simple as "Evil Israelis" and "Victim Palestinians" or vice versa. But many well-meaning people see it only in
terms of "oppressed" and "oppressor", viewing the conflict in a vacuum; Israel can do no right in their eyes. Their anger, though understandable,
sprouts from a shallow understanding of the conflict. One cannot entirely fault them for their anger or call it irrational.
However, there is very much an undercurrent of anti-Semitism in anti-Israeli anger. That is not to say that every criticism of Israel equates to
anti-Semitism; far from it. But one only need to read some of the comments in the Anti-Israeli threads here on ATS to see this Anti-Semitism. These
members will use common anti-Semite rhetoric in reference to Israel, often replacing "Jew" with "Israel." These are the members who are
celebrating and applauding the MV Mavi Marmara
incident, hoping that it means an end for Israel. These are the ones cheerleading the
destruction of Israel, even (and especially) if it results in the deaths of thousands or millions.
These anti-Semites will hide behind the guise of being anti-Zionist. It is a distinction without a difference. To be fair, many of those who claim to
be anti-Zionist are not anti-Semites, they simply fail to understand the definition of the term Zionism. It is a belief that the Jewish people should
have their own homeland, no different than any other self-determination movements, regardless of what other claims anti-Semites may make of its
ideologies. Is it nationalist and exceptionalist? Certainly. But every culture, ethnicity, nation and religion believes in it's own exceptionalism;
Israel, though, is inordinately, and hypocritically, attacked for these beliefs.
One may doubt that anti-Zionism equates to anti-Semitism, but if one were to apply anti-Zionist rhetoric to any other ethnicity, culture, nation or
religion, it would inarguably be condemned as racist and bigoted. Read the anti-Zionist rhetoric here on ATS, replace the term Zionists or Israel with
any other religion or ethnicity; it will not be long you see how offensive such rhetoric would be.
To be fair, many of those who claim to be anti-Zionist are not anti-Semites, they simply fail to understand the definition of the term Zionism. And of
course, there is an anti-Zionist movement among certain sects of Judaism, for religious reasons; these are hardly the anti-Semites being discussed
Those anti-Semites trying to hide behind the false mask of anti-Zionism are easy to spot. Like using Israel in place of Jews in their rhetoric, they
will employ the exact same abhorrent anti-Semitic slurs, simply replace Jews with Zionist. Ultimately, the rhetoric is indistinguishable and
inseparably from anti-Semitism, despite their insincere protests to the contrary.